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DTSA to host 'A Star Spangled Banner' concert, fireworks show July 3

Opening for the San Angelo Community Band will be the eight-piece Mariachi Alma Mexicana of San Angelo.
Credit: Kami Simmons

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Downtown San Angelo, Inc. will host the second annual “A Star Spangled Banner" concert and fireworks show Sunday, July 3, 2022, at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage, 16 E. Avenue A.

The San Angelo Community Band, whose members consisting of San Angelo area musicians, will perform the traditional finale of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Fireworks from two firing positions and cannon fire from Fort Concho National Historic Landmark’s cannons will be situated across the Concho River from the RiverStage.

This year’s fireworks display will utilize both the Celebration Bridge and the Oakes Street bridge as firing positions. Last year, only the Celebration Bridge was used.

The fireworks pyrotechnic artistry will be engineered and designed by Greg “Fly” Schatt, who has also worked on displays for the San Angelo Rodeo performances for the past two decades. Fireworks will begin at sunset (plus 15 minutes, approximately 9:05 p.m.) when a Fort Concho cannon will fire the first round during the 1812 Overture.

Opening for the San Angelo Community Band will be eight-piece Mariachi Alma Mexicana of San Angelo.

After the fireworks, those at the RiverStage will enjoy the music of the famous all-American music sensation, Chicago, performed by Chicago Tribute Authority. The 10-piece rock band will perform selections of Chicago’s 60 years of hits, including Beginnings, Saturday in the Park and Ballet for a Girl in Buchanan. The after-party will end at 11 p.m.

Admission to the RiverStage for general admission is free. VIP seating at tables on the stage floor are available by purchasing a table for eight. Hotdogs and hamburgers will be grilled by Cooking for Christ. The VIP section will also feature Sonny Cleere’s Memorial Ice Cream Party.

Gates open at noon and general admission space inside the RiverStage and Neff’s Park across the river can be claimed on a first come, first served basis. Last year, the estimate was that more than 12,000 people attended the event.

For more information, contact Downtown San Angelo, Inc. at 325-655-2345 or info@dtsa.org.

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